MEMPHIS - The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees Thursday approved a
major reorganization of UT and endorsed a plan to improve quality in all
areas of the institution over the next seven years.
The board approved a resolution that reduces the number of campuses from
four to three by combining the main campus at Knoxville with the medical
center at Memphis and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. Several
administrative positions, including those of chancellor at Knoxville and
Memphis, were eliminated.
The flagship institution will have the name University of Tennessee. Other
UT campuses are at Chattanooga and Martin. The resolution creates for the
Chattanooga and Martin campuses liaison committees of trustees, community
representatives, the UT president and the board's vice chairman.
Thursday's action affirms UT President Wade Gilley's first phase of
reorganizing the university's administration, announced in December. The
board's resolution also gives the administration authority to proceed with
the next phase of streamlining.
A report from the Streamlining Committee estimates administrative costs can
be cut by $40 million in five years.
Gilley told the board that UT should move into the top 25 in graduation
rates, increase to 300 the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled and
improve faculty salaries.
He outlined his Tennessee Plan for Academic Excellence that would provide
$150 million in private funds, administrative cost savings and private
dollars to enhance academic and research programs. Money from the fund
would also be used to attract the state's top students and retain and
recruit outstanding faculty.
UT's national profile will be higher as it strives to become one of the top
25 public research universities in America, he said.
Douglas Olesen, chief executive officer of Battelle Memorial Institute who
chaired the Committee on the Future of UT, told the board a top-tier public
research university is vital to a state's economy. The Committee on the
Future report said UT must reinvigorate its research program.
The streamlining group recommended and the board approved changes not
previously announced by Gilley. Jack Williams, vice president for alumni
affairs and development, will become vice president for advancement and
assume responsibility for the Office of University Relations as well as
development and alumni.
Sammie Lynn Puett's title changes from vice president for public service,
continuing education and university relations to vice president for public
service. Continuing education moves to the campus academic affairs
It was announced in December that John Peters, provost at Knoxville, would
become senior vice president for academic affairs and chief operating
officer as well as provost in Knoxville. Dwayne McCay, former vice
president of the UT Space Institute, became vice president for research and
Bill Rice, Memphis chancellor and vice president for health affairs,
retains his vice president's title as head of Memphis units.
Board endorses streamlining plan
Published: Fri Feb 04, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:06 p.m.